The central part of Apulia is essentially a flatland with wide arid expanses, which makes it a perfect region for off-the-beaten-path tours as on sandy or rocky flat surfaces. Surrounded by seas and known or the vast history, you can see the region of Apulia with every detail that it holds in this tour.
The small villages of Matera, Altamura, Alberobello and Castellaneta are only some of the destinations included in this tour, offering you the exquisite charm of Apulia and The Gargano Coast but also letting you enjoy unique culinary specialties and endless architecture.
And while Apulia is all about medieval towns and castles, in Gargano you will see intricate and complex paths creating a unique and picturesque look.
Day 01: Bari Arrival | Welcome to Apulia! Upon arrival at Bari airport meet your driver and transfer to Polignano. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Polignano.
Day 02: Castel del Monte & Bari | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. You will start with a morning private guided tour of Castel del Monte. The Castle octagonal shape is a complex architectural design, with many symbolic aspects. In the afternoon after lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, enjoy a private guided walking tour of Old Bari: the marvelous Old City is made of little and narrow "Vicoli" streets. On your tour, you will visit important medieval sites: the Swabian Castle, the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. Late afternoon return to Polignano. for overnight. Overnight in Polignano.
Day 03: Matera & Altamura | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. Today enjoy a Full day visit of Matera and Altamura. Matera, listed in the UNESCO site it’s the city of the Caverns, of the Entrenched Villages, of the houses carved in the rock, of the frescoed Ancient Churches and noble Palaces. The town resembles ancient Jerusalem and Cappadocia. After lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, continue to Altamura, inhabited for thousands of year. Here we will discover the history of region and taste one of the most famous bread in Italy: the famous Altamura’s bread. Late afternoon return to Polignano. for overnight. Overnight in Polignano.
Day 04: Alberobello & Castellaneta | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver and guide at the lobby. Full day visit of Alberobello. The town was founded in the 15th century on land that was originally an oak forest. A typical series of structures of Alberobello are the trulli, made by white dry-stone houses with conical lapidary stones roofs. The Trulli have a central square room which communicates with the other rooms via arches. Continue to Castellaneta and enjoy a unique Food and Wine tasting. Return to Polignano for overnight.
Day 05: Poligano - Rodi & Peschici - Gargano | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning meet your driver at the lobby. Today you will transfer to your Gargano Hotel. Guided visit of Rodi Garganico: the town is just a few kilometers east of Lake Varano, perched on a rocky promontory between two long sandy beaches, surrounded by lush vegetation composed mainly of orchards of citrus, olive tree, pine, carob and fig trees. The historic center of medieval origin, is characterized by narrow streets and mostly steep, with intricate and complex paths, flanked by whitewashed houses. Along the coast there are the famous trebuchets, ancient wooden buildings used by fishermen to adjust their fishing nets, with which the fish are caught. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. In the afternoon, guided visit of Peschici, known as the "Pearl of the Gargano," one of the most famous holiday paradises in Puglia. The name of Slavic origin means "sandy soil", because there are long and beautiful beaches with shallow waters, small bays with fine sand. Visit of the old town. Continue to your hotel for overnight. Overnight in Gargano.
Day 06: Tremiti Islands| Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning meet your driver and guide at your hotel lobby to enjoy a private guided tour of along the Tremiti Islands. The largest island of the archipelago is St. Domino Island; largely covered by forests of Aleppo pine, for fertility and spontaneity of flowers of every color, was called by the Benedictine monks "Garden of Paradise." The waters are clear, the coast is indented with coves, headlands and cliffs, wonderful are the rock of the Elephant, the rock of Pagliai, pyramid-shaped. The archipelago boat tour allows you to visit, among other things, the Grotta delle Viole, Bue Marino and Rondinelle. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. In the afternoon visit of the San Nicola Island, artistic historical center of the archipelago, with the ancient Byzantine Abbey: for the numerous traces of an ancient and glorious past, it is considered an open museum. Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Gargano.
Day 07: Vieste and Monte Sant'Angelo | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and Guide at the hotel lobby. Today you will visit Vieste, visit of the ancient village perched on the sea, with narrow streets that climb towards the Cathedral, between whitewashed houses and colorful bazaar. On the beach front there is the famous rock Pizzomunno. Visit the beautiful coast of the Gargano, rich with coves, ravines, caves, from Vieste up to the beautiful bays of Pugno Chiuso and Portopiatto, very well-known tourist. Crossing the lush Umbrian Forest, home to thousands of species of shrubs, arriving in Monte Sant'Angelo and lunch in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon visit of the Sanctuary: Archangel Michael's Cave, a place of worship, and the beautiful medieval quarter "Junno." Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Gargano.
Day 08: Bari Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Unfortunately it is time to say Arrivederci. At your convenience we will transfer you to Bari airport. Ciao!
- 4 nights Polignano
- 3 nights Gargano
- Assistance & Porterage at Airports and Hotels
- Private excursions by Mercedes E Class and English speaking driver as per program
- Professional Local Guides: Door to Door service
- All Breakfast and most Lunches included
- 24/7 Assistance & Support
- Details up on request
Prices in Euro
March to October 2017 Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy
4* Boutique Hotels
€4,785 per person
5* Luxury Hotels
€6,385 per person